DsRAT (Dutch Society for the Replacement of Animal Testing) fully commits itself to a future without animal testing. With the knowledge that more and more techniques are becoming available that replace animal testing, we wholeheartedly work to make this future a reality.
Animal free testing techniques exist and more are being developed. DsRAT supports scientists, entrepreneurs and the government in the development of these new techniques by providing education, engage in collaborations and initiate discussions about animal free solutions. Because it’s possible.
A new approach to risk assessment in the field of health protection, involving faster, cheaper and more targeted research, can potentially improve both human and animal health protection. In assessing human and animal health hazards connected to any substance, more targeted questions yield more adequate answers. The new approach to risk assessment also presents new market opportunities to young entrepreneurs involved in developing new risk assessment methods. Ultimately, the number of animals used in laboratory testing in order to establish health hazards, can be reduced by approximately 10 percent.
Here is an opportunity for many new small and middle-sized enterprises offering new risk assessment methods to satisfy a new demand. It will take vision and courage to change existing patterns and to ask different questions. If the Dutch government successfully takes the lead on this issue, in close cooperation with the main stakeholders, it could create a win-win situation: new opportunities for innovative businesses with global applications, better health protection, both leading to the replacement of suboptimal and increasingly disputed animal testing in health risk assessments.